LINGUIST List 15.3137

Mon Nov 08 2004

Qs: Phonetic Italian Corpus; Idioms in Text

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        1.    Christina Villafana, Phonetically Transcribed Italian Corpus
        2.    Haider AlHassan, Idioms in Text

Message 1: Phonetically Transcribed Italian Corpus

Date: 06-Nov-2004
From: Christina Villafana <>
Subject: Phonetically Transcribed Italian Corpus

In an effort to collect phoneme frequencies in standard Italian, I'm now
 looking for any type of transcribed (phonetically) Italian corpus to run
 some scripts on.  Does anyone out there know of such a corpus?  I'd of
 course prefer something that is either free or inexpensive.
 Thanks in advance - I'll post a summary of responses and will eventually
 publish the frequencies.
 Christina Villafana 
 Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics; Phonology; Text/Corpus Linguistics 
 Subject Language(s): Italian (Language Code:  ITN)

Message 2: Idioms in Text

Date: 06-Nov-2004
From: Haider AlHassan <>
Subject: Idioms in Text

With Regards to all linguists, 

I am conducting a research project and I need authentic modern (1990 and
above) texts (paragraphs) containing idioms, e.g., once and for all, lose
track of something, sweep something under the carpet...etc.

I have tried the internet but could only find a small amount of texts,
mostly texts from newspapers. 

I am not sure if a corpus will do. I have a random sample of idioms to find
within texts. 

Your help will be appreciated.

Thank you in anticipation,


Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics 

Subject Language(s): English (Language Code: ENG) 
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